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Buena Vista Museum, BMoA close their doors following Kern County's move back to purple tier

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science
Posted at 11:50 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 14:51:48-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Following Kern County's move back into the purple tier of the state's reopening plan, the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and the Bakersfield Museum of Art announced they were closing to the public.

County Health Director Matt Constantine delivered the grim news Tuesday morning that Kern County is officially back in the purple tier and that all restrictions associated with that move will go into effect immediately.

Constantine said the governor initiated an "emergency brake" provision in the state's COVID-19 directives to make immediate changes if there was a surge in cases. So, instead of 3 days to make changes, it's now within 24 hours. Also, tiers are monitored and changed each week now instead of every two weeks.

The Buena Vista Museum had just re-opened its doors on Saturday. The BMoA had re-opened on October 27th.

The BMoA issued the following statement: "In light of the recent developments with COVID-19 cases and in accordance with the State and County health mandates, BMoA is closed to the public until further notice. We believe art should be accessible to all, so we'll continue sharing our collections and exhibits online, including original content from our art education and curatorial staff."